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Snapchat does what Facebook couldn’t: Get publishers to trust it with their content

Snapchat has introduced a new feature which allows its users to view articles, images, and videos from a variety of publishers inside the company’s messaging application. It’s called Discover, and it’s a major departure from the company’s ephemeral beginnings. Discover separates content into a variety of “channels” from media organizations like Comedy Central, Vice, National Geographic, [...]

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Twitter parrots Facebook with group messaging, video features

The Facebook-ification of Twitter continues today with the announcement that Twitter users will now be able to send group messages and upload videos directly to the service. Expanding the direct messages feature to enable communication with a group of people instead of just one other person shows that Twitter isn’t afraid to emulate Facebook, which has offered group messaging [...]

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HelloTech raises $2.5M to bring on-demand convenience to in-home IT support

It’s not just transportation and food delivery that are going on-demand today. Increasingly, most service categories can benefit from the friction-reducing effects of modern, smartphone-powered booking and the flexibility of a dynamic workforce. The latest category to join the revolution is home IT support, thanks to the launch of Los Angeles-based HelloTech. The company today [...]

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Epoxy partners with top MCNs to makes multi-platform content management less of a pain

With the emergence of online video stars that rival traditional Hollywood celebrities in popularity and influence, it’s no surprise brands are turning to digital platforms to reach consumers. But with fans spread across YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, and Facebook, it’s harder than ever to manage and measure the impact of these brand messages. Epoxy is [...]

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Splice takes plugin purchasing to the next level

Dancing Astronaut – EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep Cloud-based music collaboration platform Splice has taken a significant step forward in the music production realm by introducing one-click plugin purchasing. With their new plugin store update, the site has made it easier than ever to add new VSTs to your arsenal. It’s easy to overlook the value such a function entails. [...]

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Keep YouTube Weird: How YouTube lost its soul — and may lose the creators that built it

In 2013, Jason Calacanis wrote a post titled, “I ain’t gonna work on YouTube’s farm no more.” In it, the media entrepreneur detailed how, despite being one of the top funded YouTube creator partners, he turned down the platform’s money when it was time to renew his contract. Many thought he was crazy to reject cash from [...]

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PandoLIVE is LIVE right now, refusing to be awful and talking about snowpocalypse surging

PandoLIVE is LIVE right now. Because after 24 hours you can’t possibly be sick of listening to us talk. We’ll talk about our highlights from the weekend, the latest NYC decree that you can’t gouge, and whatever else we think of in the next few minutes… Listen live here right now and call in! Alternatively, [...]

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Dear Travis: A Miami Uber driver takes exception to the company’s rate cuts

[Editor’s note: The following represents the combination of two articles which originally appeared on the UberDriverMiami blog and have been republished here unedited with the author’s permission. The author has requested to remain anonymous due to the risks revealing his identity would pose to his relationship with Uber. Pando has verified that the author is in fact [...]

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After de Blasio calls snowstorm gouging illegal, Uber still uses surge prices — just not as horribly as usual

Here in New York City and other parts of the Northeast, the snow has begun to fall and it likely won’t stop for the next 24 hours or longer. Some estimate the city will be buried in up to 30 inches of snow by late tomorrow. For customers of Uber and Lyft, that should bring up [...]

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BADASS intelligence program shows there’s no distinction between for-profit and governmental surveillance

A newly-revealed intelligence program called BADASS once again demonstrates the connection between corporate analytics tools and government surveillance programs. BADASS, which was revealed via documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, is said to have used information collected by the AdMob and Flurry services to help sift through the massive data troves held by British and Canadian intelligence agencies. The [...]

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Police want Google to nix Waze’s cop-tracking feature due to safety concerns

California sheriffs are protesting a feature which allows Waze users to learn the location of police officers because it might allow potential cop-killers to easily find their targets. The sheriffs are asking Google, which acquired Waze for $1.3 billion as part of its push to offer a more contextual mapping service, to remove the feature from [...]

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With Coinbase Exchange, US Bitcoin users get a fully-licensed, insured, and domestic trading option

As first reported late last night, Coinbase has launched the first regulated, US-based bitcoin exchange. The company crossed this milestone in part through a new partnership, and accompanying investment, from the New York Stock Exchange. In the hours since the WSJ first reported news of Coinbase’s latest bitcoin venture, the company has revealed additional details of [...]

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Turkey orders Facebook to block pages depicting or criticizing Muhammad

Facebook has been ordered to block pages depicting the Prophet Muhammad, including those featuring the cover of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo’s latest issue, with a warning that its service could be banned from Turkey if it doesn’t enforce the blockade. The ban comes after protests against the Charlie Hebdo cover in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Indian-controlled region [...]

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Why Priceline’s problems may soon be tech’s problems

Sometimes it seems like the tech industry is its own little world, comfortably insulated from the turmoil that might be happening in other parts of the global economy. That seemed the case back in 2009, when the streets of San Francisco seemed much more bustling with startup activity than anywhere else in the country. Many of the [...]

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WikiLeaks wants to know why Google handed its staffers’ emails over to the government

WikiLeaks has complained about Google’s decision not to inform three of its journalists their personal Gmail accounts had been compromised by a Justice Department warrant until December 23, 2014, nearly three years after the warrant was issued in March 2012. The warrant required Google to hand over information about the contents and metadata — information about a [...]

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Coinbase wins the race to launch the first regulated US bitcoin exchange

When it rains, it pours – bitcoin exchanges, that is. Just 72-hours ago, there were no regulated bitcoin exchanges based in the US. Today, we are hours away from having at least one and there are several other high-profile project in the works. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Coinbase will debut a licensed US [...]

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We’re LIVE with our Don’t Be Awful 24 hr event. Watch the livestream right here

Pando’s 24 hour “Don’t Be Awful” event just started in SF. We’ll be here for 24 hours with an amazing lineup of speakers joining a conversation about how to make a better Silicon Valley. The livestream is below, or you can see the full agenda here. If you’d like to join the conversation live, we’re @pandodaily [...]

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